Tap into youth population for nation building – says Youth Minister

By Moses Oketayot

Hon. Nyirabashitsi Sarah Mateke, Minister of State for Youth and Children in the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development, implored government and the private sector to tap into young people, who she said are the Uganda’s most valuable human capital resource for nation building and are the engine of the country’s economic growth.

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“By helping young people protect their innovation and creativity, we are creating and fostering an ingenious culture of sustainability that will drive economic growth. Young innovators create promising solutions, illustrating that young people are not simply recipients of innovation, but co-creators of the future they will inherit. The Ugandan government has continuously allocated resources to the innovation fund, in addition to establishing various institutions that promote research and innovation,” she said.

The Minister made the remarks on Tuesday during the World Intellectual Property (IP) Day celebration organized by the Uganda Registrar Services Bureau (URSB) at the Protea Kampala Hotel. The theme for this year’s celebration by World International Property is “Intellectual Property and Youth: Innovation for a Better Future”, while the theme for Uganda is “Using the IP system to create jobs for youth in Uganda”.

Intellectual property (IP) is an essential part of the national creative and innovative ecosystem, particularly for individual creators, entrepreneurs, start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Unfortunately, intellectual property rights are increasingly under threat from activists who rob creators and innovators of their livelihoods in favor of access to free content and products.

State of Youth and Children’s Affairs Hon. Sarah Mateke speaking at the World Intellectual Property Day Celebration at Protea Hotel Kampala

In her remarks, Registrar General Mercy K. Kainobwisho said this year’s celebrations highlight how a strong intellectual property system can address youth employment challenges. “The high commercial value of intellectual property can enable young people to harness their creativity. Some innovations have been developed, especially in the post-pandemic era, which have disrupted the way of doing business, such as holding online meetings, delivering health services, cross-border monetary transactions, etc. These have subsequently solved employment problems among the youth and these can be effectively protected by our intellectual property laws,” Kainobwhisho said.

Kainobwisho also urged young people not to sit on the fence with their innovations and wait for a miracle, but to come to the Bureau so that they can be helped to register their patents so that they are protected against infringement of the copyright, and also to make money with their inventions because intellectual property should not stay on a piece of paper but make money for the patent holder.

Bonita Nanziri; one of the young patent holders registered in his name under the Microsoft patent program says the government needs to help young people in their efforts to register their innovations and how they can be protected from copyright infringement ‘author.

One of the URSB officials said that patents are non-territorial, a patent in Uganda may not be a cross-border patent in Kenya, and inventors need to understand this so as not to be cheated when looking for patents. potential investors for their inventions.

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